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Colorado General Assembly Opening Session

State representatives convened at the Colorado State Capitol for the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

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Linda Herpin helps her husband, and State Senator, Bernie Herpin pin a cordage onto his jacket before the start of the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Herpin was elected to the Senate after he won a recall election in November that ousted former Senate President John Morse. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Newly elected Senate President Morgan Carroll, left, receives a hug from Majority Leader Rollie Heath, center, and his wife Josie Heath at the conclusion of her opening remarks at the first session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Seamus Johnston, son of State Senator Mike Johnston, sits in the big seat on the Senate floor before the start of the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Olivia Zenzinger, 8, looks up at the balcony from the senate floor while relaxing in the seat of her mother, State Senator Rachel Zenzinger, before the start of the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Newly elected Senate President Morgan Carroll, right, presents flowers to Interim Senate President Lucia Guzman, left, during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Darin Raaf, left, hugs his law school friend and newly elected Senate President Morgan Carroll at the conclusion of her opening remarks at the first session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Raaf, who was mentioned in Carroll's speech, lost his partner, David Riffle, to cancer April 26, 2013, five days before civil unions were legalized in the state. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Minority leader Bill Cadman, right, hugs newly elected Senate President Morgan Carroll after both delivered speeches calling for bipartisanship during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Bernie Herpin heads to his seat before the start of the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Linda Newell, left, and her daughters Kate, center, and Brittany, right, take a selfie on the floor of the Senate before the start of the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Mike Johnston lets his daughter Ava Johnston, 2, talk on the "Legislative Use Only" telephone during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Representatives Pete Lee, right, and Tony Exum pass each other on the House floor during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Representative Janak Joshi, right, listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senators convene at the Colorado State Capitol for the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Representatives convene at the Colorado State Capitol for the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Newly elected Senate President Morgan Carroll, left, smiles after receiving a hug from Majority Leader Rollie Heath, center, and his wife Josie Heath at the conclusion of her opening remarks at the first session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Scott Renfroe sports a pistol lapel pin at the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Seamus Johnston, son of State Senator Mike Johnston, bows his head during the opening prayer before the start of the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Steve King, second from left, bows his head during the opening prayer at the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Randy Baumgardner, right, places his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Seamus Johnston, son of State Senator Mike Johnston, talks to his mother Courtney Johnston while sitting in the big seat on the Senate floor before the start of the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Interim Senate President Lucia Guzman, right, hands off the gavel to newly elected Senate President Morgan Carroll, left, during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Kent Lambert listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Representatives Pete Lee listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Representative Tony Exum listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Representatives Pete Lee, left, and Tony Exum talk during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Representative Bob Gardner listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Representatives Mark Waller, right, and Perry Buck talk during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Representative Janak Joshi listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senators check their phones during newly elected Senate President Morgan Carroll's speech at the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Kent Lambert listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Bernie Herpin, left, listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Owen Hill listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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State Senator Owen Hill, second from left, listens to speeches during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman gives a speech during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman gives a speech during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman receives applause from the floor after giving a speech during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Senate President Morgan Carroll gives a speech during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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Senate President Morgan Carroll gives a speech during the opening session of the Colorado General Assembly Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at the Colorado State Capitol. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

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